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Colorado vs Portland
Despite being named one of the possible title contenders based on last years MLS campaign, the Portland Timbers have started this season with two consecutive draws against Chigago Fire and Philadelphia Union, both at home - despite being the dictating team for the most part of each game. There are still a lot of positives to take from the games says Caleb Porter, the Portland coach.
- I am not concerned about the results so far, we have had several shots blocked and getting tons of chances inside the penalty area and we are the team with most attempts - the goals will come, he said.
Defensively, he added that he would like his team to stop giving up the first goal because that makes Portland having to chase the game from the start. So perhaps can we expect a more disciplined careful Timber's team in the first half, and then go for it in the second half.
Colorado on the other hand enjoyed a good 2013 campaign and will look to keep growing and competing on a serious note even this season. It requires solid defense from the Rapids and that their key players takes the next step in their development. Judging by the first game in which Colorado got a 1-1 draw on the road versus New York Red Bulls, the opening half was a mess by Colorado who looked lost offensively with very few ideas especially on the midfield. Defensively they looked solid and hence did they earn a point.
Perhaps can the home opener give a boost to Colorado who will probably dare to play more offensively, but they need to remain firm on their own end because Portland are very skillful when being on possession which we have seen in the first few games of the MLS season already, they are not afraid to take shots which generates them scoring chances - if they execute better, Portland will dictate this game as it goes on.
Absences for Colorado is the doubtful main keeper Clint Irwin with (32/0) appearances last season and the physical striker Danny Mwanga (13/0). Definitely missing the game is the experienced wing defender Brian Mullan (16/0) and the influential left back Chris Klute (31/0) who had 7 assists last season.
For Portland Timbers, they will not be able to count on midfielder Rodney Wallace (27/7) last season, and the inexperienced midfielder Steven Evans (0/0) while right winger Khalif Alhassan with (30/3) appearances in the previous campaign is doubtful.
The injuries weigh heavier on Colorado than Portland in this case. Keep an eye on Portland's Will Johnson on the midfield with the more offensive Diego Valeri who is a potential match winner, and the hot winger/striker Gaston Fernandez who has scored in both games so far for Portland.
I expect a stingy game with low score, but Portland should be closer to the victory after two consecutive draws where they have been dominating. I feel it may just be a matter of time before they start to score on their chances and escape with all three points.
Pick Portland [Draw No Bet] Odds 2.38